Posts filed in Sewing Tutorials

Pattern hack: turn Butterick B6285 wrap top into a tuck-in surplice top

As I mentioned in my wrap/surplice top series introduction, I have two pattern hacks I’ve worked up for Gertie’s Butterick B6285 pattern. Yesterday I showed you how to lengthen the wrap top bodice. But today’s modification is my favorite: how I turned this wrap top pattern into a surplice top. Basically,… read more »

Pattern hack: Lengthen the Butterick B6285 wrap top bodice

We’ve hit mid-week in my wrap/surplice top miniseries! Aaaand I’m supposed to sew up another surplice top for Friday but it hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll see about that. 😉 But today’s post is the first of two pattern modifications that I’ve worked out for the Butterick B6285 wrap top… read more »

My Bettine hack tutorial at Sew Your Hart Out (and more of my new dress here)

Hello everyone! Today I have something really fun to share! I collaborated with Harts Fabric, an independent brick and mortar as well as online fabric store. Each September they have a full month called “Sew Your Hart Out September” in conjunction with National Sewing Month, to promote sewing. It’s full… read more »

Making buttonholes by hand

We’re in the home stretch of the Fall for Cotton sew-along (can you believe it?), and you might be thinking about little final touches. So let’s talk about making buttonholes by hand, shall we? When you use older vintage sewing patterns, you may find that you just skip over the… read more »

How to make shaped & lined patch pockets (with a few tailored touches!)

When I was working on my Sew for Victory jacket, I was quite tickled with how my lined patch pockets turned out, and I’ve used more-or-less the same technique ever since. It’s based on tailoring methods for patch pockets. I can’t claim credit for inventing these steps by any means,… read more »

My guest post on Lucky Lucille (with those pockets!)

Hi everyone! I’m happy so many of you enjoyed my latest sewing projects. And as I promised, I have a little something special up my sleeves for you. Well, in my pockets, I guess! If you’d like to learn more about how I did the pockets on my vintage skirt,… read more »

Make a hair bow out of 1930s feedsack fabric

Today I’m sharing a tutorial I hope you’ll really enjoy: how to make a hair bow out of vintage feedsack fabric, with instructions to make your own pattern pieces, too. This is what I alluded to in my kickoff Made and Making post on Friday. By the way, thanks for… read more »

Tutorial: Restyle vintage trousers into shorts

I hope everyone over here in the U.S. had a lovely long holiday weekend. I have lots of things I hope to share with you over the next week or so (including wedding photos!), so I better get crackin’ since it’s already Tuesday, huh? Today I have a little tutorial… read more »